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Janos’ Bar Mitzvah speech

This is the speech I prepared for my Bar Mitzvah.

My father, who really knew how to lead a Seder, didn't host one at our home. My aunts weren't really interested in religion. My aunt Iren was rather an atheist. Friday they kept, my mother lit candles. But my father bought a gorgeous, leather-bound complete prayer book - unfortunately somehow we managed to spirit it away. There were one or two volumes on Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. My father bought them. He took me, when I was still a little kid, to temple, then in school it was sort of required.

The birth certificate of Janos’ grandfather

My grandfather’s birth certificate.

My grandfather [Lajos Feigelbaum] was born in Hajdudorog. Then he had a little tool workshop in Nagyvarad. He put together one of the first bicycles in Hungary there. He also installed the first telephone in Nagyvarad, in the Town Hall. My grandfather wasn't well-to-do. I've got a couple of cards from the front that he wrote my father when he sent him 50 crowns, 'send it back, because I've got such troubles'. My grandparents actually kept kosher. But my grandmother didn't wear a wig.

The wedding contract of Janos’ paternal grandparents

This is the wedding contract of my grandparents.

My grandfather [Lajos Feigelbaum] was born in Hajdudorog. Then he had a little tool workshop in Nagyvarad. He put together one of the first bicycles in Hungary there. He also installed the first telephone in Nagyvarad, in the Town Hall. My grandfather wasn't well-to-do. I've got a couple of cards from the front that he wrote my father when he sent him 50 crowns, 'send it back, because I've got such troubles'. My grandparents actually kept kosher. But my grandmother didn't wear a wig

Janos in the city park

This is my grandfather, my cousin Klari, and me. I went on walks with my grandfather quite often. I liked to go with him because he told me interesting stories on the way.

My grandfather was a very good-looking man. He wore a top-hat and it was always a joy to walk with him on Andrassy Road [in Pest] because we lived nearby. Grandpa Ullmann prayed in the morning. He didn't go to temple much, but he prayed, every morning.

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